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Poster: roughyed85 Date: May 5, 2008 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bickershaw

If any of you ever want to feel sorry for the Grateful Dead, Bickershaw is your chance. It's a field in the wettest county in the wettest country in Europe. (Probably the world - forget what elementary school teachers said about India). It was outside the grimmest industrial town in Britain at the time. (And it pissed down in 1972. I was 14, couldn't afford a ticket). Orwell wrote The Road To Wigan Pier in the 30s. Wigan was even worse in the 70s! All the drugs the Dead ever took couldn't have compensated for Wigan!!
[In 2008 it's quite a pleasant place with an annual jazz festival - unlike my home town of Oldham, 20 miles away with a population of 250,000 with no cinema and the world's biggest toilet wall. Appropriate, because Oldham's the world's biggest toilet, thanks to its council.]

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 6, 2008 3:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bickershaw

Ee bah gum. Its grim oop north london. You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.
Sorry, just slipped into Monty Python mode there for a minute. No offence intended.
And sorry you weren't able to witness this glorious day in GD history. Bet you kicked yourself when you heard entrance was free when they paid the security guys who promptly marched off to the pub.
The Dark Star - Other One - Sing Me segment is a joyous excerpt from a magical show. Some say the DS - OO jam is the highlight of Europe 72 and you won't catch me arguing. The sound quality here is the best I've come across and more than sufficient to wrap my ears in aural bliss.
No way the Dead needed any pity. From the evidence of this show, they enjoyed themselves fine. Only time on the tour they played DS and TOO says it all.
ps Apparently, Oldham now has two claims to fame. World's biggest toilet and the UK's first Islamic pub.


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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 6, 2008 4:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bickershaw

"Islamic pub"?

Surely, like military intelligence and Microsoft Works, this is a contradiction in terms?

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 6, 2008 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bickershaw

My favourite's Peacekeeper Missile, Rob. As I understand it, they don't serve booze and prayer mats are available on request. Plus the oche faces Mecca. (Just jesting, Jihadists)

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 6, 2008 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bickershaw

Peacekeeper missile is undoubtedly a good one - like friendly fire, or a charm offensive.

:-)

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: May 6, 2008 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bickershaw

Listen young Jerrob, I used to get up in the morning at half past ten at night half an hour before I'd gone to bed...
Can't say I know of the Islamic Pub (maybe the Prince Albert), but it wouldn't be much use to me as my religion forbids me to drink anything without alcohol.

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